PITTSFORD (WKBW) The Buffalo Bills are the first team in the NFL to open training camp, and they did so with the annual "move-in day" on Friday. Players brought their pillows, blankets, flat-screen Tvs and more into the dorms at St. John Fisher College, their new home for the next month. They also brought optimism.
"The number one thing I'm excited about is a second year with this coaching staff. Their number one thing coming in was to get this thing turned around. Being with those guys for a second year, figuring each other out and what we want to do, how to use us and stuff like that, I think it's going to be a tremendous thing that comes to fruition for us this year," Fred Jackson said.
The Bills first practice of training camp is Sunday night.
Bills General Manager Doug Whaley was also on hand tonight, updating the condition of linebacker Kiko Alonso. Whaley confirmed that Alonso had surgery to repair a torn ACL, and will rejoin the team after they break camp in late August.
"It's a tremendous loss but no one is crying for us. So we have to like you said "next man up." We think we've built a roster that can sustain a loss like this. Our expectations aren't going to drop," Whaley said.
The GM also mentioned that up for filling Alonso's spot are Preston Brown, Nigel Bradham, and Ty Powell.
Stay with Eyewitness News and wkbw.com for updates throughout training camp.